The Paya Indah Wetlands – Paya Indah means Beautiful Swamp – is a man-made wetlands area that was created on land which had been heavily degraded by tin mining and sand dredging activities. The excavations left by the mining works have been converted into lakes which are now home to fish, lotus plants and water lilies and some more exotic species. More on those in a minute.
My cycling friends rode to the wetlands just after the Movement Control Order was lifted. We couldn’t get in at the time because public parks, including Paya Indah, were still not open to the public.
Paya Indah is open now and we rode there again to see those exotic species. As I looked through the photographs from that day I realised that there are plenty of shades of blue I had not noticed at the time. Like these blue pavers in the parking lot.
On our way.
One of those exotic species. And by chance a blue bike.
Baby and Lily are the stars of the show. They are a gift from the government of Botswana. Can I claim that their hides have a blue tinge?
Baby and Lily spend most of their time in here.
Geetha drove there with her very excited children. Coincidentally wearing a blue-striped dress.
The kids loved the hippos.
And the crocs.
On the way home.